The latest advance in imaging technology helps optimize catalysts for use in onboard fuel processing
The presence of carbon monoxide (CO) impurities in hydrogen gas (H2) can have a detrimental impact on the performance of fuel cells. Recent studies have shown that gold nanoparticles—particles less than ...
Engineering students build UK's first hydrogen powered locomotive
Engineering students and staff at the University of Birmingham have designed and built a prototype hydrogen powered locomotive, the first of its kind to operate in the UK.
Fuel cell electric vehicles make rapid progress in range, durability
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently completed a seven-year project to demonstrate and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in real-world settings.
Homogeneous catalysis: ruthenium phosphine complex hydrogenates carbon dioxide to make methanol
(Phys.org) -- Fossil-based resources are declining and their use releases the greenhouse gas CO2. Both of these problems could be significantly mitigated if we could use CO2 as a carbon source for the production ...
Hydrogen fuel cells provide power when fuel supply is off
Computer simulations reveal how rhodium catalysts structures break ethanol molecules into hydrogen atoms
Hydrogen gas (H2) is an ideal energy carrier for fuel cells, but finding sustainable ways to produce large quantities of hydrogen continues to be a technological challenge. Jia Zhang at the A*STAR Institute ...
Ionic liquid improves speed and efficiency of hydrogen-producing catalyst
(Phys.org) -- The design of a nature-inspired material that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas has gone holistic. Usually, tweaking the design of this particular catalyst -- a work in progress for cheaper, ...
New twist on old chemical process could boost energy efficiency
Chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are important for applications such as solar cells that convert the sun's energy to electricity. Now University of ...
Chemists explain the molecular workings of promising fuel cell electrolyte
Researchers from New York University and the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart reveal how protons move in phosphoric acid in a Nature Chemistry study that sheds new light on the workings of a promising fuel cell electrolyte.
Apple plans nation's biggest private fuel cell energy project in NC
North Carolina will be home to the nation's largest private fuel cell energy project, a nonpolluting, silent power plant that will generate electricity from hydrogen.
Breakthrough could slash R&D time for next generation of hydrogen fuel cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- It took Thomas Edison two years and over 3,000 experiments to develop a marketable light bulb. It has taken 10 times that long and who-knows-how-many experiments to develop a system that is ...
Fuel cells show potential
National Physical Laboratory scientists have developed an innovative fuel cell reference electrode that has been used to map changes in electrode potential inside a working polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) ...
Researchers create more efficient hydrogen fuel cells
Hydrogen fuel cells, like those found in some "green" vehicles, have a lot of promise as an alternative fuel source, but making them practical on a large scale requires them to be more efficient and cost effective.
Hydrogen power in real life
Since 2009, a hydrogen powered street cleaning vehicle has been undergoing testing on the streets. The project is intended to take hydrogen drives out of the laboratory in order to gain experience on using ...